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No. 125 - 13th December 2006
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[BBC Live Flood Reports - Santa is coming to town - Dress as your favourite
pop star - Fallen tree - Business of the week]
Christmas Play - Hosanna Rock at Weston Primary]
[Gresleys Help Macmillan - The Gresleys Illuminations]
[The Bright Lights of Ross]
[Time Travel - Carols in the Maltings - Physics of Santa - Macmillan
Christmas Quiz - Smoking Ban - Rugby - Weather]
[Wyenot TV] [What's
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Back in Time at Gorsley Goffs
at Gorsley Goffs Primary School took a trip back in time
and ended up in a Victorian classroom for the day on Friday,
8th December. One
of the classes at the school enjoyed a Victorian education
as part of their 'Learning Alive' history project.
day's work involved learning the art of copper plate handwriting,
sketching, reciting and chanting tables, traditional maths
and even traditional Victorian games were played during
several of the children did not come up to standard with
their work and teachers during the Victorian period were
not quite as lenient as they are today. The children who
did not make the grade were given three strokes of the cane
to help the lessons sink in (only pretend, of course).
the photograph are Victorian pupils Daniel, Sophie, Georgia,
Olivia, Ben, George, Molly, Charlotte and Elizabeth in the
back row. In the front row are Isobella, Rebecca, Tom, Sam,
Harry, Matthew and Jess.
in The Maltings (Who's Carol?)
Dean Singers, accompanied by Emma Mason and directed by
Becky Morgan spent Saturday morning singing Carols to Christmas
shoppers in the Maltings to raise money for the Air Ambulance.
Singers like to support the Air Ambulance because two years
ago one of their members' life was saved by the team and
so the group hold events every now and again to raise money
for the worthy cause as a way of saying thank you.
you would like to hear the Dean Singers for yourself, they
are giving a concert on Monday 18th December at the Church
of the Good Shepherd at Broadwell, beginning at 7:30 pm.
Entrance is free to the performance, but there will be an
opportunity to contribute to the collection. Mince pies
and mulled wine will also be available.
the photograph below are Mike Salmon, John Pritchard, John
Buck, Ron Davies Becky Morgan, Allan Kettle and Emma Mason,
performing and Lawrence Daley, Trish Salmon and Jean Kettle
who were collecting donations for the Air Ambulance.
Physics of Santa and His Reindeer
didn't write this article. I have no idea who did but I
wish it had been me:
known species of reindeer can fly. BUT there are 300,000
species of living organisms yet to be classified, and while
most of these are insects and germs, this does not completely
rule out flying reindeer which only Santa has ever seen.
are two billion children (persons under 18) in the world.
BUT since Santa doesn't appear to handle the Muslim, Hindu,
Jewish and Buddhist children, that reduces the workload
to 15% of the total - 378 million according to Population
Reference Bureau. At an average (census) rate of 3.5 children
per household, that's 91.8 million homes. One presumes there's
at least one good child in each.
has 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different
time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels
east to west (which seems logical). This works out to 822.6
visits per second.
is to say that for each Christian household with good children,
Santa has 1/1000th of a second to park, hop out of the sleigh,
jump down the chimney, fill the stockings, distribute the
remaining presents under the tree, eat whatever snacks have
been left, get back up the chimney, get back into the sleigh
and move on to the next house. Assuming that each of these
91.8 million stops are evenly distributed around the earth
(which, of course, we know to be false but for the purposes
of our calculations we will accept), we are now talking
about .78 miles per household, a total trip of 75½ million
miles, not counting stops to do what most of us must do
at least once every 31 hours, plus feeding etc.
means that Santa's sleigh is moving at 650 miles per second,
3,000 times the speed of sound. For purposes of comparison,
the fastest man-made vehicle on earth, the Ulysses space
probe, moves at a poky 27.4 miles per second - a conventional
reindeer can run, tops, 15 miles per hour.
If every one of the 91.8 million homes with good children
were to put out a single chocolate chip cookie and an 8
ounce glass of 2% milk, the total calories (needless to
say other vitamins and minerals) would be approximately
225 calories (100 for the cookie, give or take, and 125
for the milk, give or take). Multiplying the number of calories
per house by the number of homes (225 x 91.8 x 1000000),
we get the total number of calories Santa consumes that
night, which is 20,655,000,000 calories. To break it down
further, 1 pound is equal to 3500 calories. Dividing our
total number of calories by the number of calories in a
pound (20655000000/3500) and we get the number of pounds
Santa gains, 5901428.6, which is 2950.7 tons.
payload on the sleigh adds another interesting element.
Assuming that each child gets nothing more than a medium-sized
Lego set (two pounds), the sleigh is carrying 321,300 tons,
not counting Santa, who is invariably described as overweight.
On land, conventional reindeer can pull no more than 300
pounds. Even granting that "flying reindeer" (see above)
could pull ten times the normal amount, we cannot do the
job with eight, or even nine. We need 214,200 reindeer.
This increases the payload (not even counting the weight
of the sleigh) to 353,430 tons. Again, for comparison -
this is four times the weight of the Queen Elizabeth. 353,000
tons travelling at 650 miles per second creates enormous
air resistance - this will heat the reindeer up in the same
fashion as spacecraft re-entering the earth's atmosphere.
The lead pair of reindeer will absorb 14.3 quintillion joules
of energy per second, each.
short, they will burst into flame almost instantaneously,
exposing the reindeer behind them, and create deafening
sonic booms in their wake. The entire reindeer team will
be vaporized within 4.26 thousandths of a second. Santa,
meanwhile, will be subjected to centrifugal forces 17,500.06
times greater than gravity. A 250-pound Santa (which seems
ludicrously slim) would be pinned to the back of his sleigh
by 4,315,015 pounds of force.
conclusion: If Santa ever did deliver presents on Christmas
Eve, he's dead now.
did write the above article got it wrong because I saw Santa
with my own eyes in the Maltings on Saturday. The kind people
of The Maltings had invited him along specially to give
chocolates and balloons and mince pies to local children
out shopping with their parents. So there!
Quiz at the Conservative Club
Macmillan Cancer Support Group recently held a Christmas
quiz night at the Conservative Club in Ross which raised
£401 towards the new Charles Renton Unit for oncology planned
for Hereford Hospital. Soosie Pinnell, the quiz mistress
and the contestants dressed for the occasion and seasonal
fun and fayre was enjoyed by all.
the photograph are Christine, Peter, Gussie, (Father Christmas),
Brian, Soosie, (Mother Christmas), Marion, Enid, Fay and
Ban…. Its all about food…
the success of opening for drinks all day, the New Inn at
St. Owen's Cross is set to enhance its reputation further.
From the beginning of December, the New Inn has started
to offer food all day at the pub for the very first time,
making it one of the few independent pubs in Herefordshire
to offer food and drink all day. More importantly, they
have taken a bold step of going no smoking in January 2007,
before the government date, which has been set at 1st July
Maud, who oversees the catering said, 'It is something we
had considered for a while and with ongoing requests for
food in the afternoon, we thought starting in December would
be ideal. Thinking further ahead towards the smoking ban,
we also believe the impact of this will be lessened if we
make the food offer stronger, increasing the menu and opening
all day will do this. We are offering a full menu, with
children's choices, so hopefully we will also be used for
a quick meal instead of using fast food outlets.
the food trade at the pub is expanding, we also felt that
we needed to make sure that the environment was right and
being totally no smoking from The New Year is the way forward.
Anyway it was the regular customers who actually decided
the date in a charity draw but I am sure it will be very
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- Ross Cruise to Victory
Ross-on-Wye 41 Tredworth 0
top team of the table played the bottom on Saturday with
Ross entertaining Tredworth who were looking for that classic
sporting upset and an opportunity to ignite their season.
However Ross are too professional these days and after a
hard initial 30 minutes Ross cut loose, scoring seven unanswered
tries as they cemented their position as league leaders.
the initial half hour it was obvious that Tredworth had
come looking for a result. They were ferocious around the
ruck area, had the nudge on Ross at the scrummage and had
restricted Ross to an excellent individual try by Gavin
Oates converted by Chris Gage. The Ross forwards had worked
hard with ball in hand and both Nick Rawlings and Matthew
Redman drove hard at the Tredworth defence. Matt Jones,
Paul Hayward and Wayne Williams hit their rucks and slowly
they began to wear down what for the first 30 minutes had
been a stubborn Tredworth defence. The platform that the
Ross pack had laid down in the initial 30 minutes paid dividends
for the Ross three-quarters during a purple patch 10 minutes
either side of half-time.
Ross ran in another six well worked tries, with the Tredworth
defence tiring, Ross no.10 Chay Brine began to dominate
the game. His pace tore the Tredworth defence to shreds
and culminated in an excellent individual effort beating
four defenders to score under the posts. Simon Gwynne, Alistair
Rees and Huw Bellamy got themselves on the score sheet after
some quality interplay between the three-quarters. Not to
be outdone, the Ross pack joined in on the act with a good
old fashioned forwards try. Richard Russell took a clean
lineout ball ten yards out from the line, the pack set up
a driving maul and Matt Redman crashed over to score. With
the game sixty minutes old Ross were already 41-0 to the
good and with fading light, the referee call a halt to proceedings
in the interests of player safety.
"Charlie's Bar" Ross man of the match was Gavin Oates for
his tireless efforts at the breakdown. Ross RFC would also
like to thank John Kyrle High School for the use of their
pitch and facilities. Ross take a well earned break from
league action over Christmas with their next league encounter
being at home against Tetbury on January 6th 2007.
Weather Station Readings
Ross-on-Wye Weather Station is located by the tennis courts
and bowling green at 'Crossfields' and is one of the important
stations around the country which regularly sends data to
the Meteorological Office. This is why Ross-on-Wye is sometimes
mentioned on the BBC weather reports. It is currently still
a manually monitored station and readings are taken twice
per day by husband and wife team, June
and Rex Swallow.
for week commencing Monday, 4th December 2006
Temperature at 10cm Depth (°F)
Temperature at 30cm Depth (°F)
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